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A car accident decades ago left Ronald Gillam in dire dental shape. His top six teeth along the front of his mouth were chipped or broken off. Others along the bottom were missing.
“I went to an emergency dentist at the time, and they fixed part of the issue by putting caps along the upper front teeth,” Ronald recalls. “The bottom teeth were never repaired. I couldn’t afford to do much about it, so I just lived with it.”
In recent years, several of those upper caps became loose. One day, Ronald bit into a sandwich and one of the caps broke off in his mouth.
“I had a bad feeling something was going to happen sooner rather than later with the caps coming off,” Ronald says. “Once the one broke off, I told my wife I needed to get to a dentist quickly.”
Ronald’s wife of 47 years, Jean, made an appointment for him to see local dentist Naved Fatmi, DMD, of Regency Court Dentistry in Boca Raton.
“My wife was the guinea pig,” Ronald says with a laugh. “I sent her there first before I went. She loves Dr. Fatmi. She is so happy with him and his staff and the care she receives. When this incident occurred with me, she called them right away and got me an appointment.”
Determining the best path for reconstruction is based on the individual patient’s needs, preferences and finances. Dr. Fatmi takes his time to evaluate the overall health of the patient’s mouth and asks questions about his or her goals, likes, dislikes, lifestyle and comfort requirements in order to make appropriate recommendations.
“Upon examining Ronald, I discovered that he had a denture and a partial that were loose, as well as a few caps that had broken off,” explains Dr. Fatmi. “He was under the impression that dental implants were his only option. I assured him that was not the case. I told him there were other affordable options that could help him and still provide him with the function that he desired.”
Dr. Fatmi says an important part of the treatment process is to be forthcoming with patients about the procedures and processes involved.
“We are very open with patients and explain what their options are and how we can proceed to help them achieve a healthier smile. Our ultimate goal is to work closely with the patient to achieve good oral health.”
Dr. Fatmi says Ronald sought a solution within his budget that would look good and function well.
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